Monarch butterflies, new leadership, farm experiences, cultural exploration, relay running, and more. Baltimore schools students were up to some pretty (cool) things this week. Here’s a peek at what was happening at some of our partner schools.

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s(cool) round-up: baltimore schools news this week

The Park School of Baltimore - (cool) progeny

Kindergartners at The Park School participated in the school’s annual Monarch Festival. The Monarch Project teaches the interdisciplinary lessons of scientific observation, data collection, the mathematics of symmetry, natural camouflage, and presentation findings in Kindergarten. The project culminates with the dramatization of the Monarch metamorphosis at the kindergarteners’ Monarch Festival each fall. 

The Bryn Mawr School - (cool) progeny

The Bryn Mawr School Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Sue Sadler to serve as the tenth headmistress of The Bryn Mawr School, effective July 1, 2017. She will succeed Maureen E. Walsh, who has served with distinction as the school’s leader since 2002. 

“With her exceptional experience in girls K-12 education, Sue brings to Bryn Mawr a rare depth of perspective for what girls need to thrive today and into the future,” said Grace Pollack, chair of the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees. “Her enthusiasm and excitement as an educator are contagious and we look forward to welcoming Sue into our community.”

Kindergartners at McDonogh School took a hayride across campus to Roots Farm to pick pumpkins they planted in June. After plucking two pumpkins each—one to take home and one to bake with in the Lower School’s culinary classroom—the children happily ventured into the farm’s corn maze for more fun! A few days later, prekindergarten students boarded the hay wagons for their trip to Roots. After picking pumpkins, flowers, and corn, they hiked around the outside of the farm where they made lots of exciting discoveries. See photos of their outdoor adventure here

Roots, a two-acre farm on McDonogh’s campus, offers students of all ages a wide range of educational experiences and service opportunities. Every year, thousands of pounds of fresh produce from Roots is donated to The Maryland Food Bank through it Farm to Food Bank Program.

St. Paul's School for Girls - (cool) progeny

6th grade students at St. Paul’s School for Girls spent the morning at Real Food Farm, an agricultural enterprise growing fresh produce, where they are learning about the organization’s mission, and assisting with gardening projects!

St. Paul's School - (cool) progeny

St. Paul’s School students, coaches, teachers, and parents joined 25,000 runners last Saturday who competed in four different races in downtown Baltimore. They had five relay teams, made up of the Varsity and JV runners who finished 8th, 11th, 14th, 18th, and 23rd out of all 725 teams. Gavin Sullivan, ’18, ran his leg of the relay in full dress code.

Preschoolers at Roland Park Country School just got a fun new playground addition!

Friends School of Baltimore - (cool) progeny

The Community at Friends School gathered on October 17th to screen the award-winning Rosalia Films documentary “World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements” (60 min.) with a follow-up Q&A with the film’s subject, John Hunter, founder of the World Peace Game. John Hunter will return to Friends on Thursday, December 1, 7 pm, to share his experiences and views on the future of education. Admission for this event is also free. Copies of Mr. Hunter’s book will be available for purchase and signing. Click here to register for the Dec. 1 lecture.

Cambridge School - (cool) progeny

October 14th was Italian Day for 5th grade students at Cambridge School.  They each completed a docent project, presenting various pieces of art to the rest of the class, from The Baptistry Doors to The Last Supper and School of Athens. They topped the day off by making pizza. To round out their Renaissance Unit, they practiced painting upside down as Michelangelo did to paint the Sistene Chapel.

St. James Academy - (cool) progeny

Mrs. Uehlinger’s Prefirst class at St. James Academy read the book “Spooky the Square Pumpkin” and discussed why it’s “cool” to be different. Students made their own “square” pumpkins that will line the halls. It’s hip to be square!